Believe me the last thing a poor slave needs is to be discussing politics in the work place especially when you’re dealing with troublesome custys and all the corporate crap that comes with territory.
Anyway, here’s how it went down.
I’m restocking the shelves when my supervisor calls me up to help ring up a line of custys. As I’m assisting peeps, an old curmudgeon comes up with his stuff and the following occurs.
Supervisor: How are you doing? *rings up* That’s $7.00.
Curmudgeon: Fine. *pays with credit card*
Supervisor: Thank you and can I please verify with your I.D.?
Curmudgeon: WHY DO YOU NEED MY I.D.?
Supervisor: We have a lot of identity theft in California. We verify I.D. with all credit card purchases.
Curmudgeon: THIS IS RIDICICULOUS! I SPENT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS ELSEWHERE AND NO ONE HAS CARDED ME! THIS IS DISCRIMINATION!
Supervisor: I’m sorry sir but we have to be consistent with everyone and it’s for you own protection. Anyone can steal your credit card and use it.
Curmudgeon: THIS IS DISCRIMINATION! YOU’RE PROFILING ME! EVEN WORSE YOU’RE A DEMOCRAT!
Supervisor: I’m sorry sir but it’s for your own protection. *charges his card*
The old guy grabs his stuff in a huff and leaves.
Okay in what world does political affiliation equate profiling? I mean, seriously? Also, for the record there is rampant identity theft in California. My parents and I have been victims but luckily our credit card companies quickly resolved the issue and prevented it from going any further. However, I’ve had friends whom had their identities stolen and their credit ruined by NATS who have run up their credit and bought in a house in their name.
Now, potential NATS, here is the sad truth about credit card transactions. If you don’t sign the slip or choose to steal the credit card signature portion (yes, it does happen), you can dispute the charge with your credit card company which becomes a problem for the store to collect the money. The signature is a written contract between the retailer and the custy to authorize the charge on the credit card. Without a signature, it makes it difficult for the store to prove that the custy agrees to pay the retailer for their purchases. I’ve seen this time and time again when I worked at the Big Fancy so I’m a big supporter of asking for I.D. from every custy including myself.
What is weird about this situation is that the curmudgeon got pissed that we carded him even for a small purchase. It’s funny we get compliments from other custys who are grateful we card them especially when they’re traveling. If this idiot wants his credit stolen, he better stamp it on his forehead because he doesn’t believe in carding. Come to think it, I need a new laptop. Maybe he wouldn’t mind me pickpocketing his wallet and using his name to purchase me a new computer at Breast Buy! Then again I’m apparently a Democrat and I’m going to discriminate against him first.